Results in tough month ahead will determine January spend
AS Harry Kewell said in his postmatch interview after the game, our victory over Macclesfield was certainly not the prettiest.
But results are more important than performances especially when you are on a run like we are at present.
We are now five games unbeaten in the league, having won our last three against the Silkmen, Crawley and Crewe.
After enduring such a disappointing start to the season, something which we can all agree on, we are building some fine momentum.
Of course, we would have looked to continue that run this weekend, but we do not have a game as a result of the international break.
It would have been nice to play at home again especially with confidence continuing to rise after the form over the last couple of weeks.
But, unfortunately, Oldham had three players called up for international duty which meant the game had to be postponed.
I know the players, the manager and his staff would have preferred to have had a game because when you are winning, you just can’t wait for the next match to come around.
I am sure Harry will use the weekend to give his players a break after a hectic schedule which has left us near the top of the form table for the last five games.
I have been delighted with the strategy we have employed to win those league games which has now helped us climb the table.
It’s abundantly clear to me the players are adapting to Harry’s philosophies as to how he wants the game to be played.
They are learning from him all the time, they are eager to expand their knowledge and they are certainly motivated.
It’s very much a case of onwards and upwards now, and hopefully, after having a break this weekend, the players will feel refreshed ahead of what looks to be a tough trip to Bury.
But looking at the bigger picture, I feel November will absolutely be a huge month in the context of the season because if we are successful, then it would set us up nicely for Christmas. It will also determine our transfer strategy for January because I’ve no doubt the manager will want to strengthen the squad.
I’ve always said and proved that I will back whoever is in the dugout but we will have to see what our league position is when it comes to the turn of the year.
I truly sense the team is on the rise and in such a tight division, in which any team can beat anybody on their day, that the team which goes on the most runs will find themselves at the top end of the table.
We are already in the midst of one which has given the players confidence and something they will no doubt want to protect at all costs when we travel to Gigg Lane.
Hopefully, we will come away with what is another positive result.
Notts players celebrate their winning goal against Macclesfield struck from the penalty spot, below, by Jonathan Stead